New Jersey women shocked teenage girl with electric dog collar as punishment, Stratford police say

Three South Jersey women have been arrested for allegedly shocking a 13-year-old girl with an electric dog collar as punishment, Stratford Police say.

A neighbor called police after the teenager showed up at her home asking for help on March 1, according to police documents. The girl was wearing the electric dog collar.

Officers found marks on the girl’s neck consistent with a dog collar, police said. She was taken to Jefferson Stratford Hospital to be examined for injuries.

Rachel Mennig, Kelly Mennig and Rebecca Mennig, each of Stratford, have been charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child through child abuse, according to police documents.

The 13-year-old told investigators that Rachel Mennig first shocked her with the dog collar when she was 9 and in fourth grade, according to police documents. She said Kelly Mennig and Rebecca Mennig also used the collar as a form of punishment and she was denied adequate food and clothing.

The women denied the allegations of abuse in interviews with investigators, according to police documents. An unidentified witness corroborated the details provided by the girl.

The women are being held at Camden County Correctional Center, Stratford Police Chief Ronald Morello said.

A hearing scheduled for Tuesday has been moved to Friday, said Andrew Kramer, spokesman for the Camden County District Attorney’s Office.

Rachel Mennig faces an additional child endangerment charge for allegedly forcing the 13-year-old girl to help her shoplift, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Elizabeth J. Harless